Feel an overwhelming desire to redecorate and reorganize your home before baby arrives? Chances are you’ve entered nesting mode. And while a full remodel may not be in the cards, you can still refresh your little one’s new sleep space with minimal effort (and minimal spending!). One simple option: A fun accent wall adorned with nursery wallpaper or wall decals offers an instant style update.
Having flashbacks to your great-aunt Doris’s flock-print walls? Take a breath. Wallpaper has come a long way; and a plethora of cool style options have made it one of the biggest decor trends of the year. It comes in every color and print imaginable—plus you can buy whimsical murals and wall decals for a nursery too. Although you could opt for the paper-and-paste route, peel-and-stick wallpaper for a nursery is the easier and more affordable option. What’s more, it’s removable (so you can change up baby’s space more readily!).
Ready to begin decorating? Check out our tips for how to hang and style nursery wallpaper; then, browse our favorite child-friendly picks. Whether you’re creating a gender-neutral nursery or a playful space for a boy or girl, you’re sure to find all the inspiration you need to get started.
Top Tips for Nursery Wallpaper and Decals
Peel-and-stick wallpaper is far easier to use than classic wallpaper. But it still takes a little skill to achieve a seamless result. Keep reading to learn our top tips on how to decorate a nursery with removable wallpaper and decals.
Measure the space. This is arguably the most important step in redesigning your nursery.
Before you begin, measure the wall’s height and width with a measuring tape. If you’re opting for wallpaper, these measurements will help you determine how many rolls are needed. For wall decals and murals measure the area that you would like to cover to work out the desired dimensions of each piece.
Buy a sample. You wouldn’t paint without trying out a tester pot of the color first would you? The same rules apply to wallpaper. Purchase a sample sheet to ensure it’s exactly what you’re looking for before investing in multiple rolls.
Prepare the walls. Read the product instructions and prepare the walls accordingly. Typically, you’ll need to clean the walls with a damp cloth and remove socket covers.
Make a guide for your first piece. Measure the width of the wallpaper; using a pencil, mark this measurement onto the wall. Use this mark as a starting point and draw a straight vertical line. This guide will help you apply the first strip of wallpaper in a straight line. For nursery decals, work out the center point of the area you would like to cover and use this as an application guide.
Apply the wallpaper section by section. Take a strip and peel off a few inches of the adhesive backing. Starting at the top, slowly press the paper onto the wall peeling off the back as you go.
Smooth out air bubbles and cut off excess paper. Use a smoothing tool to gently remove air bubbles and trim excess paper with a utility knife or scissors.
Style it out. Going for a bold print? Select one color or motif featured in your wallpaper of choice and use it to inform soft furnishings and furniture—that way the room will look pulled together. Alternatively, use accessories to add a pop of color to monochromatic spaces.
Best Peel-and-Stick Nursery Wallpaper
Decor is always a matter of personal taste—if you love it, go for it! That said, it can be helpful to peruse different designs before you commit to one. From abstract prints to whimsical woodland scenes, here you’ll find nursery wallpaper to inspire your interiors.
Amazing Watercolor Abstract Wallpaper
Looking for nursery wallpaper that’ll stand the test of time? This abstract watercolor print is a timeless option. The muted shades are perfect for kids (and adults) of all ages, while the oversized dot print keeps things playful.
Buy it: Starting from $20, Etsy.com
WallPops Marimekko Multi Rulla Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Parents that aren’t afraid of color will adore this bold nursery wallpaper. The joyful print features elephants, giraffes, rabbits and other characters racing around on wheeled feet. Not quite what you’re looking for? Marimekko has tons of other whimsical patterns to choose from.
Buy it: $50, WallPops.com
Innovative Stencils Birch Tree Forest Peel And Stick Wallpaper
Bring a touch of the outdoors into your home with this tree-print wallpaper for baby’s room. The natural colors will give your space a peaceful vibe. Better yet, you can add animals to the pattern free of charge.
Buy it: Starting from $5, Etsy.com
WallShoppe Tea Collection Alexandrine Parakeet Removable Wallpaper
Animal prints offer a quick and easy way to add personality to baby’s room. Case in point: This chirpy parakeet-print wallpaper. The blue tones and pops of orange create a beautiful color-story you can echo around the room.
Buy it: $58, Maisonette.com
Wallpaperie Amara Floral Wallpaper
This floral nursery wallpaper is simply beautiful. The oversized pink print will look equally good in a nursery or a little girls room. Available as peel-and-stick, pre-pasted or unpasted wallpaper.
Buy it: Starting from $15, Etsy.com
Dino Wallpaper by Alenka Karabanova
Green is purported to be a mood-boosting color, making it the perfect choice for a nursery. This leafy green pattern is brought to life with pops of pink and a dinosaur motif. So fun!
Buy it: $112, Spoonflower.com
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Chasing Paper Tree Toile Removable Wallpaper
Add a touch of old-world charm to your space with this quaint nursery wallpaper. Illustrated with trees in a traditional toile-style, this pick gives off a calming vibe.
Buy it: Starting from $45, CrateandBarrel.com
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West Elm Kids Old Truck Wallpaper
Take a trip down memory lane with this nostalgic wallpaper for a nursery. Brought to you by West Elm and the authors of The Old Truck picture book, it depicts a small-town scene complete with farmyard animals.
Buy it: $179, WestElm.com
Image: Livette’s Wallpaper
Livette’s Wallpaper Black Delicate Herringbone Wallpaper
Love the minimalist look? This monochromatic herringbone print is simple yet stylish. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used in any room in the house, including baby’s nursery.
Buy it: $29, ProjectNursery.com
West Coast Walls Whimsical Woodland Animals Removable Wallpaper
Here’s one more animal-inspired nursery wallpaper. The charming print features hand-sketched foliage and woodland animals (think: bunnies, hedgehogs and squirrels). The best part? It’s available in six colors: powder blue, sage green, soft beige, lavender, blush pink and neutral gray.
Buy it: Starting from $8, Etsy.com
Best Peel-and-Stick Nursery Wall Decals
A nursery wall decal—also known as a wall sticker—is a vinyl sticker that is easily affixed to a wall. They come in all shapes and sizes, meaning wall decals are a great option if you’re decorating a corner of your bedroom for baby or have an entire nursery to organize.
QuoteMyWall Boho Chic Irregular Polka Dot Nursery Wall Stickers
Decorating an irregular space? These clever wall stickers are the way to go. Simply peel and stick each individual shape to transform baby’s room in a matter of minutes—no measuring necessary!
Buy it: $22 for 150 stickers, Etsy.com
RoomMates Counting Sheep Peel and Stick Wall Decal
How sweet is this sheep-themed nursery decal? The set includes 21 individual stickers that can be applied and repositioned as needed. It’s the perfect way to create a peaceful sleep space for baby.
WallPops Not So Cirrius Wall Decals
How darling are these weather-inspired wall decals for a nursery? We’re particularly fond of this illustrated set of cloud stickers. Stick them to the ceiling to create a cloudy night’s sky baby can look up at.
Buy it: $100, WallPops.com
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Zoomie Kids Custom Fairy Personalized Name Wall Decal
Personalize your nursery with this custom wall decal from Wayfair. Simply select your preferred color and add baby’s name to this magical fairy artwork.
Image: Wallery Co
Wallery Co Rainbow Double Arch Wall Decal Set
Arch decals are seriously on trend right now. Get the look with this double-arch decal from Project Nursery. There’s tons of colors to choose from, and each design is made to order.
Buy it: $135 for a full set, ProjectNursery.com
RoomMates Kids World Map Peel and Stick Wall Decals
It’s never too early to start your kiddo’s education, which is why we like this fun, engaging wall decal by RoomMates. The illustrated map of the world displays the flora and fauna of each continent in colorful detail.
Buy it: $30, buybuyBABY.com
DecoDeCoco Jungle Animals Wall Decals for Nursery
Of course, nursery wall decals don’t have to be small. Take a look at this jumbo jungle scene that takes up an entire wall. Each animal is a separate vinyl sticker, meaning you can position your kid’s favorite character front-and-center.
Buy it: Starting from $88, Etsy.com
Best Peel-and-Stick Nursery Wall Murals
A mural is another fun way to inject some character into your child’s nursery. But don’t fret if you’re not nifty with a paintbrush; Many brands now offer peel-and-stick murals. From a Parisian street scene to a snowy landscape, here are three of the best on offer right now.
Anewall Parisian Street Mural
Evoke the spirit of Paris in your child’s bedroom with this beautiful mural. It boasts dainty drawings of French architecture, rendered in soft pastel tones, that look like they’ve been plucked from the pages of a storybook. Tres chic.
Buy it: $459, ModernNursery.com
Anewall Elsi Rainbow Wallpaper Mural
A rainbow will brighten up any space, including baby’s bedroom. We’re smitten with this large mural that has a retro vibe, thanks to the washed-out tones.
Buy it: $469, ProjectNursery.com
Wallmur Kids Mountain Landscape with Snow Wallpaper Mural
Last up on our list is this idyllic mountain landscape by Walmur. The snowy skyline, framed with silhouetted trees, adds a sense of perspective to your space, and may even make it look and feel larger.
Buy it: Starting from $35, Wallmur.com